The 10 Best Convolution Reverb Plugins (April 2021 Update)

The 10 Best Convolution Reverb Plugins

In this post, we’ll explore the depths of Convolution Reverbs. We’ll take a look at what they are, how they work, and also how and when to use them. We’ll also talk about what are Impulse Responses and how they work. Additionally, we’ll review the ten best convolution Reverb plugins for 2021!

Have you ever been in a room you wished you could use as an echo chamber? Even though it’s 100 miles away from your studio and you don’t have enough cabling? Convolution Reverbs solve that problem and in the next few lines, we’ll understand how. Continue reading to learn how to use places like The Royal Albert Hall, or your grandma’s kitchen, as reverbs in your songs.

What is Convolution Reverb?

Convolution Reverb is an effect that digitally simulates how sound would reverberate in a physical space. It uses a recording from the room’s Impulse Responses to generate an echo. Because this type of reverb includes a higher density of reflections than algorithmic reverb, it sounds more realistic.

How Does Convolution Reverb Work?

A convolution reverb blends samples from an environment’s Impulse Responses with the original audio signal. This gives the impression that the audio is naturally being played inside the room. It’s possible to sample any physical space to be used as a preset within a Convolution Reverb plugin.

What Are Impulse Responses, and How Do They Work?

In music and audio, Impulse Responses are the measurable reactions of a room to any noise generated within it. They are recordings of space’s reflections sampled by software. IRs are used to recreating the environment’s acoustic characteristics through a Convolution Reverb application.

How Do You Use Convolution Reverb?

You can use Convolution Reverb on a bus track or even on instrument tracks. You can use it in mono, stereo, or surround configurations, depending on how the IRs were recorded. It is not recommended to have multiple instances of Convolution Reverb on the same session, since it’s very CPU-consuming.


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What Is The Use of Convolution Reverb?

Convolution Reverb is an excellent tool for sound designing. Some uses include creating the sense of depth in a musical recording, emulating room acoustics during dialogue replacement, etc. It can also be used in live events by sampling the venue’s IRs and using them to enhance its natural reverb.

When Should I Use Convolution Reverb? (What is it good for?)

Use convolution reverb when you want to give an organic feel to your music. People are not used to hearing sounds without reverberation, since every physical place reflects sound in some way. Convolution Reverb helps people subconsciously feel like a part of the room and the musical recording.

When To Use Rather Convolution Over Algorithmic Reverb?

You should use Algorithmic Reverb when less natural results are expected. Since you can modify it to taste, it becomes a more versatile option for creative situations. Convolution, on the other hand, is a cleaner approach, and you’ll use it to make anything sound naturally placed within a room.

Obviously, you can also use Convolution Reverb creatively, especially if you have the IR samples of unusual places. Why not make a synth lead sound like it’s inside a cathedral, for example? Or make a guitar reverberate within a teapot? The real difference is that Algorithmic Reverb is a digital creation that you can endlessly manipulate, while Convolution will always retain the room’s characteristics.

The 7 Best Convolution Reverb Plugins (March 2021 Update)

1. LiquidSonics Reverberate 3 Review

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Reverberate 3 by LiquidSonics is a dual-engine Convolution Reverb plugin that enables thorough IR modulation.

The plugin’s layout is divided into 7 regions, with preset and bank selection, settings, and assistance menu at the top. At the center of the UI is the visualization zone. You can use the Panel Selector at the bottom to browse between visualization zones or collapse them altogether. At the Panel Selector, you can also open the File Browser to easily import your own IRs. The top panel contains the controls for Reverberation, Effects, and Mix.

Key Features:

  • Reverb Topology: Start by loading an IR and choosing the reverb’s topology. This plugin’s engine ensures all topologies have stereo outputs, even from mono files. You can also upload quadrophonic (or true stereo), as well as Fusion-IR files. To load in an IR file you can drag and drop it into the plugin or use the file browser.
  • Reverberation Menu: Once an IR file is loaded up, you’ll have access to more controls that vary according to the uploaded file. If you load files that contain early and late information, for example, you’ll be able to modify the relation between the two pieces of information to your liking. Even so, the Shape, Envelope, and Split Mod editing tabs are everpresent, and they allow you to modulate the impulse response with controls such as pre-delay, crop, attack, decay, depth, and more. You can also add a second reverb and repeat the process in the Reverb 2 tab, selectable below.
  • Mix Menu: This page allows you to blend both reverbs with the signal for extra convolution. You can also pan each reverb to a different side and achieve interesting results with wide stereo separation, or access the Routing panel to change how the signal goes through the chain.
  • Effects Menu: At this menu, you’ll get effects for both reverbs, and for the mixed-signal, individually. The Equalizer gives you a five-band, twice over-sampled paragraphic EQ that lets you control each band separately, as well as make fine adjustments to the whole spectrum. The Delay effect gives you two independently controlled delays for the Left and Right channels and three blend controls. You can sync both delays to the session or manually adjust them. The idea behind them is to allow you to recreate inconstant tape delays as naturally as possible. Finally, there is a Chorus effect that lets you control the modulation, width, character, delay, rate, and feedback.
  • Advanced Features: Reverberate 3 allows you to extend your IR possibilities by synthesizing early and late reflections. These have to be enabled in the plugin’s settings as additional topologies. The Early Reflections Synthesis works in two main modes: Diffused Delays, which sounds more colored and classic, and Enhanced Bursts, designed to be more robust and modern-sounding. The Late Reverb Synthesis simulates a very dense reverb tail, which you can shape and diffuse to taste using the modulation controls. For further sound expansion, try placing an Early Reflections Synthesis on Reverb 1 and a Late Reverb Synthesis on Reverb 2.

Character and Sound: 

Even if your own IRs aren’t numerous, Reverberate 3 comes with several factory banks to let you start instantly. You can go from mild to unbelievable reverb with this plugin’s range and control set. In other words, you control the sound.

Extremely Versatile Reverb VST Plugin (Reverberate 3)

Compatibility: 

This plugin is available for 64-bit only macOS 10.9 and higher and Windows 7 and above in VST, AU, and AAX formats.

Summary: 

Versatility is the name of the game with this convolution reverb plugin. The algorithmic-style controls turn the plugin’s presets or your own IRs into whatever you want. With so much attention to detail, it’s easy to spend a long time shaping your sound. Reverberate 3 is a plugin for reverb aficionados who want to immerse the listeners in the recording. An awesome plugin to have in your collection.

2. AudioThing Fog Convolver Review

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Audio Thing’s Fog Convolver applies the effect in real-time for better CPU management.

Operating in Normal or True Stereo modes, the Fog Convolver offers over 250 impulse responses, with a free expansion containing 40 more. It lets you lock your parameters as you change presets, as well as export WAV files to use the edited IRs outside the plugin. With a satisfying set of parameters, the Fog Convolver gives you enough control to make your IRs even more unique.

Key Features:

  • Fade Parameters: This four-knob set lets you customize the preset’s length and transition characteristics. Its versatile nature allows you to use it creatively and come up with impressive results. The two Curve knobs change the In and Out curves from linear to exponential, which helps create a smooth blending that is super useful in the mix.
  • Auto Gain/Limiter: Accessible through the More button, inside the Global Settings menu, are two options: Impulse Response Auto Gain and Limiter on Convolved Signal. The first should be enabled when convolving two high gain signals, to make things sound more natural at the end. The second should be used when the auto gain is disabled, as it will add hard clipping to the convolved signal.
  • Presets: The factory bank features Impulse responses made from spaces, analog and digital equipment, speakers, organic sources, and more.
  • Randomizer: Right-click any parameter to show its Randomizer control. Clicking it will let the plugin decide how it’s going to be set. You can also randomize the entire plugin by clicking the Random button in the top bar. This can generate interesting results and is a great way to start the plugin out. If you load a new IR and don’t really know how to make it sound better, try the Random button and start adjusting from there.
  • Lightweight real-time Convolution Engine
  • True Stereo Mode

Character and Sound: 

For what it’s worth, this plugin doesn’t add any particular sound or texture to your audio. The greatest sonic features are the factory IRs, and you can also stretch their speed with the Pitch slider, which changes the reverb’s apparent size. Overall, it’s a transparent plugin that rather than fully warping your IRs, just makes them sound a little different.

True Stereo Convolution Reverb Tricks | Fog Convolver Tutorial | Audiothing

Compatibility: 

This plugin is available for 64-bit only Windows XP (SP2) or later and macOS 10.7 through 10.13 in VST, AU, and AAX formats.

Summary: 

The Fog Convolver is a great convolution reverb plugin that delivers simple solutions without getting in the way of your sound. The 250+ impulse responses are very appealing for producers that may not have a big database, and the ability to export WAV files for use in other plugins is also an interesting addition that lets you take your preferred sounds with you anywhere.

3. SIR3 Convolution Reverb Review

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The SIR3 is a zero-latency convolution reverb with Dynamic controls and 33 High Definition Impulse Responses.

This plugin handles true stereo IRs in a four-step modulation chain. The parameters range from the usual suspects to the unexpected, which lets you achieve organic and unreal-sounding results. You can adjust the reverb’s head and tail separately, as well as applying gating, damping, and equalization.

Key Features:

  • Modulation Type 1: The first is Amplitude Modulation, which creates a tremolo effect by syncing to the session. You can choose between four waveforms to create different effects, as well as different note values for slower or faster oscillations.
  • Modulation Type 2: The second modulation type is Random Modulation & Delay, which is a multi-stage delay with random amplitude and pitch modulations in the feedback path. This means the signal travels back and forth in the stereo field randomly changing in tone and volume.
  • Dynamics: The dynamics controls in this plugin only affect the wet signal, so you can use a Sidechain to trigger the reverb in two ways. You can use the Dry signal to control the loudness of the wet by choosing Sidechain Dry. In compressor mode, this means the reverb will lower in volume as the input signal is being played and increase when it’s quiet. In Gate mode, it will create a gated reverb effect. By choosing Sidechain Wet, the signal will be controlled by itself, like a regular compressor, adjusting the dynamics of the reverb sound.
  • ER Cap: This knob located within the Basic menu controls the volume of the early reflections, managing the room’s apparent vividness. Negative values will mute the early reflections above the threshold, and positive values will mute the ERs below it. As you mute the reflections, you’ll get instant visual feedback in the Early Reflections and Impulse graphics. You can adjust the threshold by clicking and dragging the red line.

Character and Sound: 

The plugin’s notable array of parameters is enough to get interesting sounds out of this otherwise transparent reverb plugin. The 33 built-in high-definition impulse responses recorded and developed by Pinguin Ingenieurbüro, from Germany, give sufficient possibilities, which the plugin improves greatly.

SIR3 Amplitude Modulation Demo

Compatibility: 

The SIR3 is available for macOS 10.9 or newer and Windows 7 or newer as a VST, AU, and AAX plugin.

Summary: 

By delivering the basics and a little more, this convolution reverb plugin is an excellent choice if you’re not planning on going too wild with your productions. The factory IRs sound amazing and the interface is very straightforward. The SIR3 offers low CPU consumption and high-quality sound, but not without a salty price.


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4. Altiverb 7 Regular Review

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The Altiverb 7, by Audio Ease, contains hundreds of built-in IRs recorded at various places in the world.

The plugin’s impulse response collection contains studios, concert halls, cars, churches, schools, analog gear, and many more. You can use the menu to search by keyword, size, or kind of room. On top of that, it lets you shape the EQ in a four-band graphic, add artificial brightness and reverse the reverb signal.

Key Features:

  • Positioner: Since the team at Audio Ease were the ones who recorded all the IRs, they made sure to record the rooms from several angles. This allows you to use the Positioner feature to select where in the room you want your sound to come from. Just drag the speaker icon around on the interface’s virtual floor and find the sweet spot for your instruments. You can add additional instances of the plugin on instrument tracks and simulate they’re coming from different points in the room.
  • Pictures: if you hover the mouse over the picture on the left half of the plugin’s GUI, a few controls will appear. VR brings up a surround picture of the room, and you can click the Zoom button to make it interactive. Previous/Next moves through all images of the current IR. Config shows the speaker-microphone configuration being used. Zoom pops out the image and displays it in a separate, resizable window.

Character and Sound: 

The difference from Altiverb to most other Convolution Reverb plugins is its extensive IRs library that encompasses music production and audio post for video. Sonically, it’s as transparent as it gets, with very few modulation options. The plugin’s idea is not to allow extreme experimentation, but to reproduce the places it’s sampled as best as possible.

Altiverb 7 guided tour

Compatibility: 

Altiverb 7 Regular is available for Mac and Windows as a VST, MAS, RTAS, AU, and AAX plugin.

Summary: 

An excellent plugin for both music and audio post-production. The ongoing IRs updates make it a convolution reverb industry standard. Consequently, it is priced accordingly, out of reach of many bedroom producers. But if you’re can get it, don’t waste your time and add Altiverb 7 to your collection

5. Melda MConvolutionMB Review

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The MConvolutionMB is Melda Productions’ 6-band convolution reverb plugin.

Each band supports two IRs, whether generated by the plugin or imported as files. You can adjust the balance between the two different IRs with the band’s Ratio knob. The plugin also comes with Melda signature features, such as global and per-band randomization, Edit Mode, and several hidden settings menus in which you can fully customize your sound.

Key Features:

  • File, Reverb, & Filter: These three browser menus allow you to add different effects to any of the six bands. You can choose two of the same or from different categories. Files are your own IRs located on your computer. Reverb contains IRs built-in with Melda’s software. Lastly, Filter contains a list of processing settings you can add to accelerate your workflow. Since each band allows up to two effects, you can add a total of twelve effects to this plugin.
  • Harmonics: By right-clicking any band you’ll open the Band Settings menu, where you’ll find general controls, such as frequency, Q, gain, and panorama. Below these, there is a panel called Harmonics. It has three parameters, Maximal Count, Semitones, and Harmonics. Underneath them, there’s a Grid. These controls allow you to create clones of the main band at higher frequencies. They are excellent for removing natural noises, which can bring harmonics with them.
  • Kernel Settings: This is the heart and soul of the plugin’s modulation capabilities. Each band supports two Kernels, which can be the aforementioned File, Reverb, and/or Filter. Each Kernel has 15 adjustable parameters, plus a six-band equalizer. Among the available parameters, you’ll find Pitch Shift, Left and Right Delay, Modulation Depth and Rate, Gain, Widening, and many more.

Character and Sound: 

At the end of the signal chain, there is a master equalizer that affects the reverb sound before it blends back with the dry signal. In it, there is a saturation knob that simulates the soft saturation an analog equalizer would add to the sound. It’s a subtle touch, but it adds character to the reverb, which is something most plugins on this list don’t do. Alternatively, you can add saturation through the EQ available within each Kernel.

Rhythmic Reverb using MConvolutionMB

Compatibility: 

This plugin is available as a VST, AU, and AAX plugin for 64-bit only Macs running macOS10.9 and newer, and 32- and 64-bit PCs running Windows 7 or up.

Summary: 

Believe it or not, Melda’s done it again. The MConvolutionMB lives up to the brand’s reputation of providing producers with affordable, fully customizable tools so they can make their own sound. If you’re one of those that absolutely must tweak everything until it sounds perfect, this plugin is for you.

6. Waves IR1 Convolution Reverb Review

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Waves’ IR1 is designed to be the perfect hybrid between synthetic digital reverbs and acoustic convolution reverbs.

Containing an extensive library of IRs from famous places around the world, the IR1 also supports your own files. It provides the standard controls expected from a convolution reverb, plus a couple of nice additions. Moreover, the damping section lets you make precise adjustments.

Key Features:

  • RT60: In architecture and building construction, the term RT60 is used to describe a room’s acoustic properties. Use this type-in area to select how long it will take for the reverb’s level to drop by 60dB, thus defining its slope.
  • ER Buildup: This button allows control of the early reflections’ buildup slope. The smaller the value, the more transient information the ERs will carry. Therefore, a larger value means smoother early reflections’ attack. The Buildup ranges from 0 to 150 milliseconds.
  • ER/TR-X: located beneath the ER Buildup, this button lets you modify the time reference point that splits the Early Reflections from the Tail Reflections. It ranges from 0ms to roughly 100ms. As you load a new IR, this value is automatically calculated, but the button is here to allow you to change the proportion and bend the sound to your liking.
  • Presets: The IR1’s built-in library covers most uses professional studios would require. But the real magic is with the three other IR packages that need to be downloaded from the Waves website. These other packages include famous places from Italy, Japan, Israel, Australia, the UK, the USA, and many more, as well as classic reverb hardware units, and synthetically generated or pre-processed IRs.

Character and Sound: 

The IR1 is a clean-sounding plugin that delivers smooth convolution. It doesn’t add any character or distortion, focusing on simple controls and sound. You’ll use it mainly for generating believable room representations.

04 03 Adding convolution reverb with IR 1 reverb

Compatibility: 

The IR1 is available as a VST, AAX, and AU plugin for 64-bit only Windows 10 and macOS 10.13 through 11.2.

Summary: 

This plugin works efficiently with true stereo files and the IR collection is satisfying in number and sound quality. The IR1 is a V12 plugin, which means it’s been updated for more recent systems. If you’re in the Waves ecosystem, this plugin is an excellent addition to your collection.

7. Halls of Fame 3 – Complete Edition Review

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Best Service’s Halls of Fame 3 is a clean-looking plugin that emulates 13 reverb classics.

The IRs were captured from famous spring, plate, and even algorithmic reverbs from the last 50 years. The plugin also boasts an impressive collection of over 1500 unique stereo and true stereo IRs. The interface keeps it simple but allows some interesting sound tweaks.

Key Features:

  • Iconic Sounds: The Halls of Fame plugin contains 13 iconic hardware reverbs, with several presets for each. The goal is to give you as much control as to feel like you own the originals. Some of the modeled vintage pieces are the AKG BX 20 (1965), EMT 250 (1976), Lex 480 (1987), and Lex 300 (1998).
  • Normalize: As you tweak the other parameters, you’ll notice the reverb will start getting quieter. This can happen because the IRs loudest peak might have been cut or faded into. To counter this, click the Normalize button to maintain a consistent volume level. If you notice distortion, adjust the Input/Output knobs until there’s no more distortion.
  • Free Version: This plugin offers a free version with only two presets for each IR. The idea is to give you a taste of the iconic IRs the Complete Version offers. It’s worth a shot if you feel like this could be a great plugin for you and want to give it a try.

Character and Sound: 

This is not a plugin for extreme creative uses. The parameters will help you tune the sound to your taste in a transparent way. Unless you crank up the input and normalize the output. Otherwise, its warm sound comes from the flabbergasting collection of presets available with the plugin’s purchase.

Halls Of Fame 3 - Trailer | Best Service

Compatibility: 

The Halls of Fame 3 is available in AAX, AU, and VST formats for macOS 10.12 and up and Windows 7 and higher.

Summary: 

Best Service’s Halls of Fame 3 is an excellent plugin with a user-friendly interface. The parameters are a little limited if you want to go wild with your IRs, but the number of presets is a hard point to ignore. In conclusion, it’s an excellent addition to your collection, especially if you’re into old-school reverbs.

8. Convology XT (FREE) Review

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The Convology XT is a free-to-download plugin that comes with 70 built-in Vintage Reverb Impulse Response files.

You can also buy the additional parts of the library, which total 2965 files. Among those are sampled amplifiers, all kinds of springs and DSPs, tape delays, and many more. Additionally, you can import your own 4-channel WAV/AIF true stereo files.

Key Features:

  • Fast File Browsing: Convology’s greatest feature is the Library, in which you can quickly navigate. The plugin lets you select Impulse Responses on the fly while listening to the input material being processed in real-time. This feature is excellent for quick comparisons between files, which helps the user choose the best preset instead of waste a long time tweaking every parameter.
  • Freebie Fridays: If you subscribe to Impulse Record YouTube Channel, you’ll receive free vintage gear impulse responses every week!

Character and Sound: 

Other than its library, the Convology XT doesn’t offer any uncommon parameters. It relies on the sampled gear’s original tones and character to build its sound. And because the samples are faithful recordings of vintage gear, the plugin offers no emulated analog features that would distort the original’s sound.

Convolution reverb briefly explained with FREE Convology XT by Impulse Record

Compatibility: 

Convology XT is available in AAX, AU, and VST formats for Mac and Windows.

Summary: 

This is an excellent free plugin with high-quality samples, even if it doesn’t allow very flexible results. It solves the problem some plugins pose regarding file browsing, and the analog sample collection is astounding. It’s a worthy addition to your collection if you’re into classic gear.

9. Halls of Fame 3 – Free Edition (FREE) Review

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The Free Version of Halls of Fame offers the same 13 unique pieces of modeled hardware, although with only two presets each.

You also get access to all the same controls and functionalities from the Complete version. The plugin lets you automate every parameter through your DAW, but unfortunately, you can’t import your own IRs.

Key Features:

  • Normalize: As you tweak the other parameters, you’ll notice the reverb will start getting quieter. This can happen because the IRs loudest peak might have been cut or faded into. To counter this, click the Normalize button to maintain a consistent volume level. If you notice distortion, adjust the Input/Output knobs until there’s no more distortion.
  • Iconic Sounds: The Halls of Fame Free plugin contains 13 iconic hardware reverbs, with two presets for each. Some of the modeled vintage pieces are the AKG BX 20 (1965), EMT 250 (1976), Lex 480 (1987), and Lex 300 (1998).

Character and Sound: 

You can tune the samples in a transparent way with this set of controls. Furthermore, by reversing the sound you can get interesting results and squeeze a little more out of the 26 presets present in this free version.

FREE Best Service Hall of Fame 3 (convolution reverb AAX plugin)

Compatibility: 

The Halls of Fame 3 – Free Version is available in AAX, AU, and VST formats for macOS 10.12 and up and Windows 7 and higher.

Summary: 

This version feels like a free trial you can keep, although the free trial would probably showcase more presets. It feels incomplete, but the presets chosen sound beautiful nonetheless. Download it if you believe you need a test run before buying the complete version.


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10. MeldaProduction ConvolutionEZ (FREE) Review

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Melda Production’s ConvolutionEZ is a free plugin by the same developers of MConvolutionMB.

And before we start, this is not a free version of that plugin. It’s an entirely different proposal that achieves very distant results. The ConvolutionEZ is a single-band convolution reverb with a surprisingly big impulse response library.

Key Features:

  • Samples: From basic rooms to sound-design-oriented environments, the ConvolutionEZ is an extremely versatile plugin. It covers from the most commonly found plates, different-sized rooms, and halls to box and household items simulations. All this enables you to work on virtually any project with satisfying results.

Character and Sound: 

The plugin offers very few controls, which means that you’ll have to trust the sound of the samples. You can apply low- and high-pass filters and blend the input and output signals. Other than that, you can enhance the stereo widening and, when using a stereo input, you can check the balance between the mid and side channels using the Width meter.

Compatibility: 

The ConvolutionEZ is available as a VST, AU, and AAX plugin for 32- and 64-bit PCs running Windows 7 or up, and 64-bit only Macs running macOS10.9 and newer

Summary: 

The second Melda Productions plugin on this list is a freeware that can hardly live up in versatility to its paid cousin. Even so, it’s a great way to enter the Melda ecosystem and use your own IRs or the plugin’s vast library. The ConvolutionEZ is a nice addition to your collection if you need interesting and unique IRs to work with.

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NUGEN Audio Paragon Review

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Paragon by NUGEN Audio is a Dolby Atmos-compatible convolution reverb that creates unique locations via re-synthesis.

The plugin analyzes the impulse response file, breaks it down, and resynthesizes it to create new authentic locations. Apart from that, it offers a wide array of controls. The Main panel gives you control over the reverb’s overall sound, with Pre-delay, Decay, Size, and Brightness controls. The IR panel gives you more controls, but this time focused on shaping the impulse response’s sound. Here you’ll find different test sounds, a graphic EQ, and an interesting Complexity slider. Finally, the third panel is the I/O, which provides monitoring, decay, pre-delay, and crosstalk features for each channel independently. Additionally, you can access the Settings panel to reach routing controls for surround information.

Key Features:

  • Complexity: accessible through the IR panel, this feature adjusts the reverb’s richness. Higher values increase the number of components for a more complex reverb. Lower values speed up the resynthesis process but create a more one-dimensional sound.
  • Expert Options: By clicking the NUGEN logo on the bottom left corner, you’ll reach “Credits and Options”. There you can tweak three additional parameters. Early Reflection Balancing makes a more symmetrical sounding reverb by automatically matching the Early Reflections. The second option is Smoother Parameter Updates, which will improve processing speed when turned off but might also cause artifacts. The third option is Automate All Parameters, which enables your DAW to access automation for everything in the plugin.

Character and Sound: 

NUGEN Audio’s unique re-synthesis technology ensures that the reverb sounds clean and artifact-free however you decide to shape it. The IR library is extremely realistic and since you can tweak the sound to your liking, it is also versatile.

Paragon: Outdoor Sound Samples

Compatibility: 

Paragon is available for 64-bit only macOS 10.9 and above and Windows Vista and above in AudioSuite, AAX, VST, and AU formats.

Summary: 

Paragon by NUGEN Audio is a capable convolution reverb that, even though it doesn’t have many built-in IRs, has enough that you can alter to sound different. It’s an awesome plugin that deserves a place in your collection, especially if you’re working with surround files.

Conclusion

Convolution Reverbs can enhance the listener’s experience by making them feel like they’re within the same room as the music being played, or the people talking on the screen. We’ve seen several incredible plugins on this list and all are worthy additions to your own personal collection.

There are plugins for all tastes and purposes here. If you’re really into old-school analog devices, applications such as the Halls of Fame 3 and the Convology XT are essentials. If you need to do some audio post-production for video, plugins like the ConvolutionEZ and Altiverb 7 have got you covered. Similarly, whenever you need to simulate a real space, like an opera house, a great hall, or a church, the Waves IR1 and SIR3 will do the job effortlessly.

Whatever you choose, the options on this list are some of the best on the market. Download some trials, make some tests, and find what suits you best!

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